© 1976

Directions in Large-Scale Systems

Many-Person Optimization and Decentralized Control

  • Y. C. Ho
  • S. K. Mitter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Nils R. Sandell Jr.
    Pages 1-15
  3. K J Åström
    Pages 57-68
  4. H. S. Witsenhausen
    Pages 69-75
  5. E. Polak, A. N. Payne
    Pages 77-94
  6. J. B. Cruz Jr.
    Pages 139-147
  7. S. Clemhout, G. Leitmann, H. Y. Wan Jr.
    Pages 207-234
  8. J. H. Westcott
    Pages 253-263
  9. R. F. Drenick
    Pages 279-302

About this book


This book is the record of papers presented at the Conference on Directions in Decentralized Control, Many-Person Optimization, and Large-Scale Systems held at the Colonial Hilton Inn, Wakefield, Massachusetts from September 1-3, 1975. Our motivation for organizing such a conference was two fold. Firstly, the last few years have seen a great deal of activity in the field of Large-Scale Systems Theory and it has been certainly one of the dominant themes of research in the disciplines of Systems and Control Theory. It therefore seemed appropriate to try and take stock of what had been accomplished and also try to "invent"l the future directions of research in this field. Secondly, the 6th World IFAC Conference was being held in Cambridge, Massachusetts the week earlier and it provided an ideal opportunity for taking advantage of the presence of a large number of specialists from all parts of the world to organize a small conference where a free exchange of ideas could take place. It is left to the readers of this volume to judge to what extent we have been successful in our above­ mentioned goals. There is no accepted definition of what constitutes a "large­ scale system" nor what large-scale system theory is. While this diversity does suggest that the field {whatever it may turn out to be} is in a state of flux, it does not necessarily imply chaos.


control control theory modeling nonlinear system optimal control optimization research stability stabilization system systems theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Y. C. Ho
    • 1
  • S. K. Mitter
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Directions in Large-Scale Systems
  • Book Subtitle Many-Person Optimization and Decentralized Control
  • Editors Y. Ho
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-30937-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-2261-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4684-2259-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 434
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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